PSP2: Sony boss hints at touchscreen

Kaz Hirai speculates on next-gen PSP

Top Sony exec also talks briefly about the PlayStation Phone.

Sony’s top gaming boss, Kaz Hirai, has offered up some juicy morsels on what we can expect from the much-vaunted PSP2, as well as giving the biggest hint yet from an insider that a PlayStation Phone is in the works.

Talking about the PSP2, Hirai told The New York Times that there were a raft of possibilities for the handheld sequel. “There are games where you can play perfectly well with a touch panel. But you can definitely play immersive games better with physical buttons and pads. I think there could be games where you're able to use both in combination.''

This would fit neatly in with spy shots which show a sliding form factor and even some kind of rear touchscreen for controlling games. However, Sony will need to get this one bang on the money after the failure of the PSPgo.

As for the PlayStation Phone, Hirai did not deny its existence, but said the Big S needed, “…a message that gamers would understand,” when explaining the difference between it and a regular PSP.

It’s pretty clear that Sony has some major handheld announcements in 2011. Whether we get both the PSP2 and PlayStation Phone in the same year remains to be seen.

Via Joystiq